Fun Cleveland/NEO Weekend Ideas: 8/25/23 – 8/27/23

August 26, 2023

Todd Hall

Cleveland/NEO This Weekend: Our Picks

Looking for some things to do this weekend in Cleveland and the surrounding Northeast Ohio area to make the most of your weekend? There’s so much to see and do, even for those who are already familiar with the area. Whether you’re a lifelong resident or a recent transplant, there’s always something new to discover in Cleveland and NEO. So why not get out and explore this weekend?

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Friday, August 25th

An Evening with George Benson – Cain Park

Originating from the 1970s, this versatile singer in the realms of jazz, pop, and R&B has unveiled an impressive discography comprising 36 studio albums and eight live recordings. Notably, in 2009, he was granted the esteemed NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship, an accolade of paramount significance in the realm of American jazz musicians. The artist is set to grace the stage at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights, treating the audience to a performance tonight at 8 o’clock.

Atsuko Okatsuka: Full Grown Tour – Pickwick and Frolic

At this juncture, Atsuko stands taller than ever, having mastered everything from tackling laundry to crafting exquisite charcuterie platters, and even navigating her relationship with her father. Not a single note or tweak is required; she’s the epitome of human perfection!

ATSUKO OKATSUKA resides in LA, where she flourishes as a stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. Born in Taiwan and raised in Japan during her formative years, Atsuko has truly made her mark. Her inaugural stand-up special, titled “THE INTRUDER” and directed by Tig Notaro, premiered on HBO in December 2022. The New York Times lauded it as the “Best Debut Special of 2022,” while Vulture recognized it as one of the “Best Specials of 2022.” The accolades continued as the special secured the Gracie Award for “Best Special” in 2023. Additionally, Atsuko earned a nomination for “Best Comedian” at the Wowie Awards.

Variety acknowledged Atsuko as one of the “10 Comics to Watch for 2022.” When she made her late-night stand-up debut on “THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN,” Vulture declared her a “late-night” victor. She brought her wit to the Netflix is a Joke Festival as the special correspondent on “Arsenio! Live,” and she now graces the new Cartoon Network series, “We Baby Bears.” Atsuko’s writing prowess has left its mark on Adult Swim’s “THE ERIC ANDRE SHOW” and “SOFT FOCUS WITH JENA FRIEDMAN.”

Atsuko’s on-screen portfolio includes appearances in “HISTORY OF THE WORLD PT. II” on Hulu, “ROOM 104” on HBO, and “THE SHOW NEXT DOOR WITH RANDALL PARK” on ROKU+. Raised by her grandmother, she co-crafted the viral #DropChallenge, amassing over 10 million views. Her singular upbringing infuses her with an artfully offbeat and resilient persona, perfectly embodied by her distinctive blunt bangs and timeless bowl cut.

Lorain County Fair – Lorain

Having refined his Quick Mix Theory during the 1970s, Grandmaster Flash pioneered the art of scratching records for DJs. Consequently, the induction of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five into the Rock Hall marked the historic moment of the first hip-hop group to achieve this honor. Tonight at 8, the legendary hip-hop icon will grace the Rock Hall with his presence.

Saturday, August 26th

Cleveland Garlic Festival – Shaker Square

Today and tomorrow, the yearly Cleveland Garlic Festival is making its comeback at Shaker Square. Skilled local chefs will engage in the Top Chef Garlic Grill Off, a contest where they’ll create dishes with garlic and an array of proteins, all to be assessed by judges. Alongside this, attendees can enjoy live music, a selection of craft beers, and engaging activities for children. The festival’s schedule runs from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. today and from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Tennis In The Land – CLE Downtown Flats

The annual tennis tournament kicks off and will run until August 26 at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica. This year, the lineup showcases four Grand Slam champions, among them Sloane Stephens, the 2017 US Open victor, who is set to compete in the Monday night matches on August 21. Lauren Davis, hailing from Gates Mills, and who has secured a WTA title this year, will make her third appearance in the Cleveland tournament. Returning to defend their titles are last year’s Tennis in the Land Singles Champion, Liudmila Samsonova, along with Doubles Champions Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Ellen Perez. Taking the top seed position is Barbora Krejčíková from the Czech Republic, ranked No. 12 in the WTA. For a comprehensive schedule and additional information, please refer to the official website.

Avon Lake Brewfest – Avon Lake

Get ready for the highlight of the summer as Avon Lake gears up to host its highly anticipated Annual Beer Fest on the tranquil shores of the lake. This year’s event promises to be bigger, better, and more exhilarating than ever before. Mark your calendars for a day of pure enjoyment as we combine the finest brews, exquisite wines, live music, and delectable food in a picturesque lakeside setting.

The heart of the festival will pulsate with rhythm and melody as our carefully curated lineup of live musical performances takes center stage. Carlos Jones ignites the atmosphere with his soulful tunes. Let the electric energy of Midtown reverberate through your soul. And for all the classic rock enthusiasts, Diamond Connection will make you groove to their timeless hits.

But the music is just the beginning. Delight in a diverse selection of over 60 regional craft beers and wines, thoughtfully curated from the most beloved breweries and wineries in the area. Whether you’re a connoisseur seeking rare finds or simply looking to explore new flavors, our carefully assembled lineup promises something for every palate.

No festival is complete without the culinary delights that perfectly complement the libations. Avon Lake’s favorite food trucks will be stationed around the festival grounds, ready to serve up a delectable array of dishes from your cherished eateries. From savory to sweet, the culinary offerings will satisfy every craving.

So mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and get ready for an extraordinary day of music, merriment, and memories. Avon Lake’s Annual Beer Fest on the lake is the ultimate celebration of all things we hold dear – great company, exceptional beverages, fantastic food, and the unmatched beauty of our lakeside haven. See you there!

Sunday, August 27th

Six – Playhouse Square

From Tudor monarchs to modern-day pop icons, the SIX spouses of Henry VIII step up to the microphone, transforming half a millennium of historical sorrow into a vibrant tribute to 21st-century female empowerment! This fresh, innovative musical has become a worldwide phenomenon that has captivated audiences everywhere. According to The New York Times, SIX is an absolute triumph! Created by Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss.

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